many joys of the holidays. the joy of giving, the joy of service, and the joy of homecoming. >> this weekend, parents are picking up their kids from college and making room for all the laundry they bring with them. children are counting down the hours until the grandparent's arrive. goggles, aunts, cousins are making their way to join the family ensure in the holiday spirit. >> that is what makes the season so special, and getting to spend time with the people we love the most. >> this year, it is especially true for a are military families. the war in iraq is over. the transition in afghanistan is underway. after a decade of war, our heroes are coming home. all across america, military families are reunited. this week, let's give thanks to our veterans and their families. let's say a prayer for all of our troops, especially those in afghanistan to our spending this holiday season overseas, risking their lives to defend the freedoms that we hold so dear.